Si­lent vic­tors

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While as­sist­ing a new ar­rival to Wash­ing­ton this past week I was asked for di­rec­tions to Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel. The woman who made this re­quest ex­plained with em­bar­rass­ment, “My hus­band said for me to stay there and check it out.” Af­ter I had greeted her re­quest with a sym­pa­thetic re­sponse she looked up at me and said: “You know I couldn’t tell any of my friends. Peo­ple are so weird th­ese days.”

This con­ver­sa­tion made me think about the mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who are be­ing in­tim­i­dated and si­lenced daily. Un­able to shout a well-de­served “We won,” they have re­signed them­selves to in­ward feel­ings of sat­is­fac­tion. Sub­jected on a daily ba­sis to the joy­ous neg­a­tiv­ity of the press and the los­ing side, th­ese mil­lions of cit­i­zens pray in the quiet of their homes that Amer­ica will be great again.

This si­lenc­ing of op­pos­ing opin­ions has been go­ing on for over eight long years. Folks fear harsh vo­cal re­tal­i­a­tion or phys­i­cal threat in this Amer­ica that did not ex­ist be­fore Pres­i­dent Obama. Isn’t it time that this “land of the free” be­came just that once more? It might be­hoove our po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents to re­mem­ber that a large group of their fel­low cit­i­zens voted and won, just as Democrats did in 2008 and 2012. In­tim­i­da­tion breeds a stealthy re­sis­tance, as his­tory shows us. We may be quiet but we are silently cheer­ing on our choice and pray­ing our pres­i­dent can stay the course.

I re­as­sured my Wash­ing­ton vis­i­tor that the first chance I got I would head down to the Trump Ho­tel for a drink to salute my fel­low Trump sup­port­ers. We smiled con­spir­a­to­ri­ally.

SALLY MACLEAN Ar­ling­ton

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